Spice of the Month: Zahtar February 26, 2017

by Trisha Eat
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    Zahtar is incredibly popular in the Middle East. Whether a veggie dish or a meat one, this little spice is generously sprinkled on to add big flavour. Have you heard of sumac? It’s that wildly vibrant red pile you see above. Its tangy, tart flavour will add a sparkly new flavour to your dinner.

    Middle Eastern Cuisine

    The Middle East has a rich history made up of a melting pot of different cultures, languages and sensational cuisines. Flamboyantly fragrant spices are the backbone of Middle Eastern cooking from zahtar, cumin, caraway and turmeric to sweeter tones like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. This aromatic, fresh and wonderfully wholesome cuisine is fast becoming a national favourite – so keep your eyes peeled for more of these flavours in our boxes.

    Middle Eastern Dishes

    Man’ousheh
    Falafel
    Tabbouleh
    The pizzas of the Arabic world! Man’ousheh is a round piece
    of pastry that is often topped with zahtar, cheese and olive oil, as well as
    meat. It can be eaten for breakfast or lunch.
    Falafels are deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas and broad
    beans. These original veggie burgers are usually served in pita, with a bit of zahtar or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon.
    This Middle Eastern salad is made from a magical
    combination of bulgur wheat, mint, onion, tomatoes and parsley, dressed
    with olive oil, lemon juice, zahtar and salt.

     

    Did you know?

    In certain parts of the Middle East, zahtar is believed to have brain boosting properties; school children are often encouraged to eat the spice before tests or exams!

    Clever Twists with Zahtar


    Zahtar sprinkled over popcorn

    Zahtar spiced hummus with crusty bread

    Zahtar spiced pita chips